April 2018 goals

2 April 2018

Happy Easter, friends! We had a wonderful, very full weekend (which I hope to tell you more about later this week!). I hope yours was joyful, too!

I was actually a bit surprised to see how many of my March goals I made progress on, because it felt like one of those months where things on my list kept getting pushed to the back burner. But progress was made, and perhaps the best piece was that in doing the three-month refresh in my PowerSheets, I was able to articulate goals for the next quarter or so — really, the four months left before baby number two arrives. I’m taking these months as a chunk and setting goals just for this season. They’re pretty simple and very concrete, and I’m excited about them. I’m sure I will share more soon, but in the meantime, they’re reflected in my goals for April, below!

Overall, though, I’m keeping things simple to focus on all the fun there is to be had this spring :)

What I read in March:
Last Child in the Woods: This was a recommendation from MacKenzie. It was a bit of a softball for me, since the premise (kids spending time outdoors) is already something I’m passionate about, but it was interesting to read a more research-based approach and a welcome reinvigoration of my passion as we move into the warmer months!
Expecting Better: My favorite pregnancy book recommendation. Re-read to get into the second trimester spirit! :)
The Fringe Hours: This was a quick read, but I enjoyed it! Jessica and I are kindred spirits: we both think people should stop saying they’re busy, we like calendars with lots of white space, and we don’t feel guilty about doing things we love. If you like EFM but struggle with these things, you will probably like her book. More about a takeaway from this book soon!

Revisiting my goals for March:
Make our “areas to be purged” list (Not only did I do this, but I checked about half of them off! Major accomplishment!)
Ruthlessly edit the loft ruthlessly (Progress made!)
Fill out the two-year-old section of June’s baby book
Repair the raised bed in our backyard (Done! And veggies are planted in it!)
Plant out the little lawn strips beside the road in front of our house (Halfway done!)
Inquire with four designers/services about e-design (Inquired with one so far!)
Sort and better organize baby clothes (Done!)
Book Asheville accommodations for our fall trip (Done! Excited!)
Gather and cull all loose printed photos and sort them into new storage boxes
Organize and cull existing photo albums
Host a fun and low-stress birthday dinner and game night for friends (Done!)
Post a second annual survey on EFM! (Done!)

April goals:
— Complete the purging of the remaining areas on our downstairs list
— Clean out and organize the blue room closet
— Fill out the two-year-old section of June’s baby book
— Start a wish list for baby number two
— Inquire with three more designers/services about e-design
— Gather and cull all loose printed photos and sort them into new storage boxes
— Organize and cull existing photo albums

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April 2, 2018 11:08 am

I need to go through all of my loose photos and sort them into storage boxes too!

April 2, 2018 11:14 pm
Reply to  Ashley Ziegler

Yes! We’re in it together! I’m actually pretty excited about this task :)

April 2, 2018 1:06 pm

Go Em, go! Your goal posts always inspire me too to tackle my monthly goals with ZEST and passion!

April 2, 2018 11:14 pm
Reply to  Rhiannon

Thanks, friend! As our friend Lara says, if you’re not excited about it, no one will be! :)

April 2, 2018 2:22 pm

April is MY month! My Powersheets were empty for March and I have no valid reason why so back on to my goals this month. Thank you for the inspiration Em, and have the happiest April x

April 2, 2018 11:15 pm
Reply to  Caley

Yeah girl!!

April 6, 2018 2:22 pm

I have friends who found The Fringe Hours to be really helpful, but I’ve been apprehensive to read it since I hardly feel “busy” and keep a lot of flexibility in my schedule. It’s encouraging to hear that you still enjoyed it even though it’s something you already practice. Maybe I’ll give it a read! Thanks!